LGBTQ Inclusivity in Higher Education: First International Conference

The School of Social Policy was delighted to host the first international conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) inclusivity in Higher Education. Taking place in September, the conference welcomed delegates from across the UK, Spain, Australia and Nigeria, among others.

Convened by Dr Nicola Gale and Dr Nicki Ward, the event aimed to recognise the persistence of discrimination and inequality around gender and sexual diversity inside and outside universities. Topics discussed during the two days included role models in academia, understanding asexuality and student experiences. The conference also saw the launch of Dr Gale and Dr Ward’s best practice guide on LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, based on an award-winning project funded by and conducted at the University of Birmingham.

One delegate said after the event, “I found the two days wholly inspirational and it gave me lots of ideas to take back to our newly forming staff LGBT+ network, has encouraged me to write up some of the research that I had previously completed on LGBT+ students’ experiences in Scotland, and gave me some (tentative) research ideas for further development in the form of a PhD”.

Professor Saul Becker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, said, “This conference is a very welcome and important step in improving the experiences of staff and students across higher education. The University of Birmingham celebrates the diversity of our communities and works hard to develop an inclusive workplace and an enriching learning environment. I am grateful to the organisers, Dr Gale and Dr Ward, for the lead they have provided and I look forward to future events.”

If you would like further information on future LGBTQ Inclusivity events or to get involved in our inclusive curriculum work, please contact Nicola or Nicki n.gale@bham.ac.uk or n.j.ward@bham.ac.uk.

Connect with the conference on Twitter: @LGBTinHE